TAXONOMY

Mallada albofascialis Winterton, 1995, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Relatively small lacewings. The physique is elongate and delicate, with broad wings which have attribute open, “chrysopidtype” venation. The physique is mild to darkish inexperienced in coloration, with purple patches on the prothorax and head. The face additionally has a particular white space above the mouth. The larva has an elongate physique and carries a trash packet inside particular curved hairs on its again, used for camouflage.

DISTRIBUTION

Northern Territory and coastal Queensland, Australia.

HABITAT

Forested areas.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Adults feed on honeydew and flower nectar. The larva is an arboreal generalist predator feeding on quite a lot of soft-bodied arthropods, particularly mealybugs (Hemiptera: Margarodidae).

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Adult females lay eggs on lengthy silken stalks in patches of 10–15 eggs.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not listed by the IUCN.


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